Het Werkmanspaleis is one of the oldest (maybe the oldest!) denim stores from Amsterdam. They started in 1950 as a dumpstore for military goods, but for many years they are carrying the best authentic workwear brands like Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler, Dockers, Carhartt, etc. This store is classic! When I took these pictures they were renewing the store builing, check out how creative they used the work construction with hanging it full with denims. At that time all the windows were displaying a lot of Lee Jeans items, looks a bit like an old Lee store. The store is located at the Nieuwendijk, close to Amsterdam Central Station. If you are in the city, check it for yourself!
Lee Jeans celebrates their 125th anniversary this year. Henry David started in 1889 with the brand and became famous with their iconic workwear clothing. They developed several historical items like the bib overall, the first zip fly jean, the successful Rider jacket and Storm Rider jacket. All true classics for cowboys, rodeo heroes and rebellious teenagers like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. Let’s Celebrate!
Also the Lee Jeans advertising were very progressive, see here below.
It was the year 2008 that a great project was started called ‘Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD)’. Only 30 young denim devotees were invited to be part of the first annual Amsterdam Denim Head Derby. What is a Derby? Well it’s a game, a match, a contest. The person who makes from the jean the most beautiful worn-out project will be the denim master. The jean is made a of Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz, and handpainted leather patch. Limited to 30 pairs only.
Of the players of this competition was Alex Jaspers, a true devoted passionated denim guy from Amsterdam. Now responsible for the Scotch & Soda denim division. Check his master piece here below.
- Owner: Alex Jaspers from Amsterdam, Holland
- Brand: Project: Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD), Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz
- Age: 6 months
- Treatment: No wash
You can check this great pair at the Hall Of Fade at Vif Jeans Store in Rijssen, NL;
About ten days ago the great bookmaker Rin Tanaka from his famous vintage clothing books ‘My Freedamn’ organised his 5th trade show with the theme ‘But I like it’ in L.A. California. Below some images from Rin with friends on the fair. Hope to see you soon again my friend. Cheers!
The original 5 pocket jean. Below the Levi’s Vintage Jeans model 501XX from 1933 with belt loops and the now famous red selvage fabric. The final pocket (added in 1901) was the left backpocket, also known as the fifth pocket. This was the start of the famous term 5 pocket jeans. The shape of the 501XX model from 1933 is still antifit, with straight legs, suspender buttons and with belt loops. Featuring the crotch rivet, cinch, leather patch and single needed arcs done by hand. The red selvage fabric is shrink-to-fit and made by Cone Mills. The jean is made in U.S.A. This is a replica from years ago, have worn it once, so it’s almost brand new. One of my favourites and revolutionary in the denim history.
My Dutch friends, Remco van der Velden and Etienne Dekkers, from Ontour Clothing just launched their new summer collection. My favourite is the classic mechanic shirt in indigo colour. The specifics of the shirt are: Heavy canvas shirt jacket – 100% Cotton / Canvas – Chest pocket – Two front pockets. Good job guys!
Beautiful hand-dyed natural indigo ‘SSAP’ items for Fall Winter 2014. The garments were dyed in Sakolnakorn, Thailand, hometown from head designer Mel Sangsomsap’s. Would love to see these items in real live!
Follow the SSAP brand here: www.facebook.com/SSAPNYC
‘Unwashed Denim’ brings an Iphone case made from 12.5oz Japanese sanforized selvedge denim. The case is lined with a 10oz Kurabo Mills indigo stripe denim that complements the sleeve perfectly.
Evisu Jeans was founded in Osaka Japan in 1991 and is named after the Japanese god of prosperity Ebisu. Initially only around 14 pairs of jeans a day were created, each one caringly hand-painted with the now famous seagull logo. Founder of Evisu, Mr. Hidehiko Yamane, was inspired by the Levi’s Jean 501 from 1944 (This was the jean with the painted arcs on the back pockets) to start his own brand Evisu.
Recently I came across this Evisu jean made with vintage Japanese kimono fabric. The jean is from the early Evisu days, around 1995, and is still in unwashed condition. The jean was created out of the passion from both Mr. Hidehiko and his wife who collects vintage kimono’s. This amazing pair combines the good ingredients from Japan, high quality, craftsmanship and history. Ofcourse the jean is made from red line Japanese selvage in a right hand fabric and made in Italy. All in all a great addition in my private collection.
The classic cult movie ‘The American Dreamer’ with Dennis Hopper from 1971 has a great soundtrack. But what’s even better is the great hard to find collectors item official poster of this movie. The poster was added as a secret in the sleeve of the vinyl record. What’s really great to see on the poster is that Dennis is wearing a original Lee Jeans Rider jacket. Both the sleeve as the poster photography is extremely cool! Joost Bohnen from Lee Jeans is the proud owner from this record.
MA1 VF 59 slimfit in original nylon quality
MA1 VF 59 slimfit in wool quality
This secret friendship The Genius Monkeys X Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) X Long John collaboration comes in a two pack: a classic t-shirt in 2 indigo yarn dyed options: deep indigo & indigo stripe. It comes with a high crew neck and small chest pocket. The jersey fabric is a 150gr/m2 mid weight fabric. The shirts are made in vila nova de famalicão, Portugal and printed in Holland in a very limited run.
The Country Derby Boot from Viberg is based on a traditional British hunting boot and features an interlocking eyestay and 360 degree vamp for increased waterproofing. This version is made in Horween’s Waxed Flesh which is a full grain leather similar to Chromexcel, except that the flesh, or suede side of the leather is treated with a heavy wax coating. This is a nod to roughout military boots which soldiers would traditionally wax themselves. With heavy wear the wax will begin to come off and some of the nap of the suede will be restored.